Proven Leadership, Trusted Experience
Robert Watson, Jr. — Chief Executive Officer, Director
Robert Watson, Jr. co-founded Black Sable Energy, LLC approximately 3 years ago and served as its Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure at Black Sable, Mr. Watson was responsible for the company’s acquisition and development of two grassroots oil projects in South Texas, both of which have been partnered with larger oil and gas companies on a promoted basis. Prior to founding Black Sable, he was a Senior Associate at American Capital, Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS), a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager with $18 billion in capital resources under management. Mr. Watson began his career in the Energy Investment Banking Group at CIBC World Markets and subsequently founded and served as the Managing Partner of Centerra Energy Partners.
Atticus Lowe — Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Director
Atticus Lowe is the Chief Investment Officer of West Coast Asset Management, Inc., a registered investment advisor that has invested more than $200 million in the oil and gas industry on behalf of its principals and clients during the past 10 years. Mr. Lowe serves as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Black Raven Energy, Inc., a privately held oil and gas company headquartered in Denver, CO. He is a CFA charterholder and a co-author of The Entrepreneurial Investor, a book Published by John Wiley & Sons. Mr. Lowe has also been profiled in Oil and Gas Investor magazine and Value Investor Insight, and he has been a featured speaker at the Value Investing Congress in New York and California.
Douglas M. Wright — Chief Financial Officer
Served as the Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Nations Petroleum Company, Ltd. from 2006 until his appointment by the Company. Prior to his employment with Nations, in 2005 to 2006 he was a Manager of Financial Reporting for Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL), where he was responsible for SEC reporting relating to its $3.4 billion acquisition of Patina Oil & Gas Corp. Mr. Wright also served in various managerial roles from 1986 to 1996 at Oryx Energy Co., which was purchased by Kerr McGee Corp. for $3.1 billion. Mr. Wright began his career at Deloitte & Touche where he served as a manager from 1977 to 1986, and was the firm’s designated specialists in the energy field. Mr. Wright received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of North Texas.
James Miller — Director
James Miller retired in 2002 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Utilicorp United, Inc.’s business unit responsible for the company’s electricity generation and electric and natural gas transmission and distribution businesses which served 1.3 million customers in seven mid-continent states. Utilicorp traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the company was renamed Aquila in 2002. In 2007 its electricity assets in northwest Missouri were acquired by Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) for $1.7 billion and its natural gas properties and other assets were acquired by Black Hills Corporation (NYSE: BKH) for $940 million. Mr. Miller joined Utilicorp in 1989 through its acquisition of Michigan Gas Utilities, for which he served as the president from 1983 to 1991. Mr. Miller currently serves as Vice Chairman of The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter, for which he has been a Board member for the past 10 years.
Lance Helfert — Director
Lance Helfert is the President and a co-founder of West Coast Asset Management, Inc., a registered investment advisor with approximately $200 million in assets under management. Prior to founding West Coast Asset Management, he oversaw a $1 billion portfolio at Wilshire Associates and was involved in a full range of financial strategies at M.L. Stern & Co. Mr. Helfert is a co-author of The Entrepreneurial Investor, a book published by John Wiley & Sons, and he has been a featured speaker at the Value Investing Congress in New York and California. Mr. Helfert has also served on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Southern California and the Tri-Counties Make-A-Wish Foundation.